Listening Assignment Guidelines
Listening assignments are based on reading assignments in the text and listening assignments on the accompanying recordings.
Downloading and printing assignments
The individual assignments can be downloaded from the links on the Music 1A Calendars on this web site.
The assignments can be viewed and printed from your web browser as long as you have the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in installed on your computer. You can download this for free from http://www.adobe.com/ if you don't have it. (Mac OS X users do not need to download Acrobat Reader since they can view and print the assignments using the built-in Preview application.)
Print out the downloaded assignments and then write your answers directly on the assignment sheets. You are not expected to type this assignment.
In order to answer the questions on the assignments you will need to read the text material on the music, listen to the music on your recordings, follow the listening outlines in the text, and possibly refer to other subjects and chapters that we have studied.
Many of the questions ask you to draw your own conclusions based on your observations as you listen to the music. Quite often you will not find the "right" answer listed in the text. Instead, you will base your answers on your own listening and critical thinking.
In many cases you will be unable to answer the questions if you only listen to the music once. You may have to listen several times, read the information about the music in the text, and follow the textbook's listening outline.
Occasionally you will be able to find the answers (or at least some good hints!) in the text. In these cases, do not quote the text in your answer. You cannot get an "A" grade for quoting the text - your grade will be lowered for including extensive uncredited quotations from the text, especially if your answer does not demonstrate your own understanding of the topic. At a minimum you must restate the concepts in your own words.
Contact me as early as possible if you are not sure that you understand a listening assignment question or you need help or advice. I'm happy to answer your questions so there is no reason to make guesses about what to do on these assignments. See the course greensheet for ways you can contact me.
Submitting listening assignments
Listening assignments are collected at the very beginning of the period on due dates. Your assignment is late if you are not in class when I collect them. I do not accept late listening assignments - even if they are only a minute or two late. Bottom line: Don't be late on days when assignments are due!
You must staple assignment pages together or I will not accept your paper and you will get no credit. If you forgot to staple your pages together, ask around and see if another student has a stapler you can borrow.